Torah: The “Promised Land” is a place of promise, not yet of fulfillment

MATOT-MASEI

We are the people of metaphor, memory and meaning. We have important stories. And we plug our everyday realities into these stories. And this is how we give them meaning.

Zion is aspirational. Beyond the physical land, the place.  The Promised Land is a place of promise, not yet of fulfillment. Its “inheritance,” its “portion” cannot be assumed. This is the difference between Prophecy and Nevuah. The Greek word, “prophet,” is about predicting the future, one that is sealed and fated. This is in contrast to Navi whose role was not to predict the future, but rather to lead, to inspire a collective change. The future is changeable. Bechirah Chovsheit. Not closed. Not predetermined. The theology of Nevuah is of what could be, not what is going to be.

Our challenge then is to embrace our human destiny to take action. This is the co-creative covenant of destiny where we humans take control of events themselves. Going from passive consumers to active participants to fulfill our own destinies.

Please join us 9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning for study and worship.

THE TROPE

Torah:
Matot: Numbers 30:2 – 32:42
 – Click here.
Masei: Numbers 33:1 – 36:13 – Click here.

Haftarah:
Matot: Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3 – Click here.
Masei for Ashkenazim: Jeremiah 2:4 – 28; 3:4 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

  • First Aliyah: 30: 2-7 PAGE 941
  • Second Aliyah: 30: 7-9 PAGE 942
  • Third Aliyah: 30: 10-17 PAGE 942 – “Hazak, Hazak, Ve-nithazek”
  • Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 PAGE 968
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